Community Relationship Officer 

Mortenson Family Foundation

Location: Minneapolis

The Organization:  Mortenson Family Foundation builds partnerships to strengthen community-driven approaches that advance equity, opportunity, and sustainable systems.

Over the last two decades, the Foundation has consistently grown in charitable assets and now provides over $3 million in grants annually. The greatest areas of interest for the family’s giving include:

  • Protecting, conserving and restoring biodiversity and habitat in Minnesota’s watersheds in order to improve water quality;
  • Expanding opportunities for youth and families living in poverty in the Twin Cities by supporting equitable access to academic and social development opportunities and systems; and
  • Increasing the standard of living for youth and families living in poverty in developing countries.

The Foundation believes that how the work gets done is as important as what work gets done. The Foundation expresses its values of community, service, family, integrity, responsibility and humility by:

  • Growing strong relationships
  • Striving for lasting change
  • Understanding root causes 
  • Challenging systemic injustice and inequality
  • Learning and reflecting
  • Creating and innovating

To learn more about the Foundation, please visit

Position summary: The Community Relationship Officer is a new, part-time position that establishes and sustains relationships within the community and the Foundation to ensure that community, organizational partner and Foundation goals of our Sustaining Environmental Systems grant area are met. The goals, beliefs and outcomes that the Foundation is seeking to meet can be found here

The position also administers a funding-by invitation grant program. The invited grants program supports nonprofit organizations  across all nonprofit sectors.

Specifically, the position will be responsible for:

  • Engaging with community to understand opportunities for Foundation support. The position will determine what support – grants, investments, knowledge – are most beneficial to reaching the goals of community, evaluate the opportunities for support, and recommend grants, investments and other Foundation assets to be used to reach goals. (estimated 75% of time)
  • Administering funding by invitation grant program. (estimated 20% of time)
  • Ensuring accurate administration of records, processes and compliance.   (estimated 5% of time)

The position reports to and works collaboratively with the Executive Director and works closely with a Grants Committee and family leadership.

Primary Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Community Relationships

  • Establish and sustain relationships within environmental field and broader community (relationship management)
  • Work with staff, Grant Committee and board leadership to set Sustainable Environmental Systems program strategy (strategy)
  • Analyze and evaluate grant and investment opportunities for Committee and Board (evaluation/review)
  • Communicate, both in written and verbal form, recommendations to the Committee and Board (communicate)
  • Monitor and report on partnership outcomes (reporting)
  • Expand individual and Foundation knowledge of environmental systems (learning)

Grant Administration

  • Review grant information and evaluate financial information
  • Communicate grant information to the Board
  • Track and review grant reports

General Administration

  • Handle administrative functions with detailed accuracy, including preparing and proofreading correspondence, board summaries, reports, and other documents; utilize database for record keeping.

 Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Cultural competency and prior experience with diverse stakeholder groups
  • Bachelor’s Degree in an environmental or science field, which may include Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, Sustainability, Conservation Resource, Water Resource, Watershed Management or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Deep understanding of environmental systems acquired through hands-on experience in relevant public, nonprofit or related private sector roles
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, water management and natural resource preservation
  • At least five years of experience leading or managing programs or projects related to environment, preferably with watersheds
  • Demonstrated track record building and sustaining positive relationships and/or collaboration with community organizations
  • Strong and effective interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, including financial analysis skills
  • Passion for making positive, lasting change in community
  • Demonstrated success working in flexible and adaptable work environments and within highly inclusive and participatory decision‐making processes
  • Exemplifies highest level of discretion and integrity
  • Capacity for humor

Salary range for the part-time position is $35,000 – $45,000 based on experience. Mortenson Family Foundation offers a comprehensive benefits plan including medical, dental, vision insurance; retirement plan with 4% employer contribution; paid time off; and professional development allowance.

To Apply: Qualified and interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to Candidates submitting information by December 21, 2018 will receive priority consideration.